Ukraine's MFA discusses technical aspect of holding elections in Donbas with OSCE representatives

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prystaiko noted that would be very difficult to hold the elections under the current conditions
11:18, 6 December 2019

Vadym Prystaiko, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine

Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko discussed the technical aspect of holding elections in Donbas with the head of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The relevant meeting took place in the margins of the OSCE Foreign Ministers' Council meeting, which took place in Bratislava on December 5, Ukrinform reports.

"We went through the technical details with them, as far as it is really possible to hold them (elections in the occupied territory - ed.) I want to say that it is her assessment, but she (director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights - ed.) has to say on her own - that the situation is complicated. But it is even difficult from a technical point of view, because it is practically a mission impossible to hold elections under the current conditions," Prystaiko said.

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According to him, it is vital for everyone to understand how much it is possible to prepare these elections and that they are going to be fair, free and transparent. Commenting on the question of possible constitutional reform in terms of decentralization, the Foreign Minister said that the previous government had promised some constitutional changes based on decentralization within the framework of the Minsk agreements.

As we reported earlier, leaders of the Normandy Quartet’s countries (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) may sign a framework document on perspectives of Donbas political regulation in Paris, on December 9. 

“The document, which may be suggested for leaders of the countries to apply on the results of the summit, is ready and approved. He has framework nature and contains further steps for resolving under the Normandy format in compliance with the Minsk complex of measures as the basis of the peace process,” the source stated.

According to him, leaders have showcased its adherence to the political ways of conflict resolution using the Minsk complex of measures.

Related: Zelensky: Elections in Donbas to take place under Ukrainian legislation

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